The World Health Organization has designated World Health Day 2019 (April 7) as a time to advocate for equal access to health care. Here in the United States, the debate over universal health care is fraught with strong opinions. Depending on which side of the political aisle you’re standing, a single-payer health plan might cost us $33 trillion over the next several years, or it might save us $2 trillion. The matter is not easily sorted out, but the fact remains that health care for everyone isn’t a reality. Health care in the U.S. is costly for most people and inaccessible for some.
At Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, we never want to see our patients or potential patients put off medical care because of a lack of funds. Delaying care for such foot issues as swelling, numbness, pain, discoloration, or wounds that won’t heal can be downright dangerous. Here’s why:
- Many medical issues of the foot are easily healed when they first appear. The longer you wait to seek health care, the harder your condition may be to treat.
- When a problem such as a sprained ankle doesn’t heal properly, it can lead to lifelong pain.
- Foot pain, swelling, or numbness can be an indication of a bigger problem somewhere else in the body such as diabetes or heart disease.
- If a diabetic doesn’t take quick action for foot numbness or sores that aren’t healing, he’s putting himself at very high risk of limb amputation.
Make a plan for proper foot care
Our expert podiatrists Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann hope that you never have to forego seeking medical care because of money. If you’ve got a problem with your feet or ankles and are concerned about how to pay for care, we’re happy to discuss it with you. Give us a call at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online. We accept most insurance plans and also accept payment via credit or debit card.